Jennifer Grant, author of "Love You More: The Divine Surprise of Adopting My Daughter," will appear at 6 p.m. at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Hwy, Suite 105. She will read from the book, answer questions and sign copies. The event is free.
Kids Rosh Hashanah
Kids can participate in Friday Night Live - Rosh Hashanah Style from 5 to 6 p.m. with crafts, holiday stories and games, Shofar blowing, cake decorating and more at the Chabad Jewish Center, 30804 S. Coast Hwy. Reservations are required, but admission is free. For more information, call (949) 499-0770 or visit http://www.chabadoflaguna.com.
Friday and Sept. 30
September Sunset Serenades
Enjoy a concert from 5:30 p.m. to sunset in the amphitheater in Heisler Park every Friday evening in September.
Movie History at Crystal Cove
Crystal Cove Alliance presents its ninth annual beach gala "Surf, Sand and the Silver Screen," at the Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Coast. Tickets are on sale now. For more information, visit http://www.crystalcovealliance.org.
Marine Mammal Cabaret
Enjoy dinner under the stars at an event to benefit the Pacific Marine Mammal Center from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Aliso Creek Inn, 31106 S. Coast Hwy. Roxanna Ward will play the piano. Tickets are $175. To buy purchase tickets, visit http://www.pacificmmc.org/events.html or call (949) 494-3050.
The Red Ball II, an event to benefit the AIDS Services Foundation Orange County, will be at 6 p.m. at the Festival of Arts. The theme will be "Hollywood Royalty." The night includes cocktails, dinner, live auction and a song-and-dance spoof called "Fois Graaes." Tickets may be bought at http://www.ocasf.org.
Dance Journey is from 7:45 to 9:45 a.m. every Monday night at the Woman's Club, 286 St. Ann's Drive. Join Chore Sircello and Billy Fried for an evening of free flow interpretive dancing, set to a variety of world rhythms and beats. Cost is $12. For more information, contact Lisa Marks at (949) 499-1231 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Taste of Laguna
The annual Taste of Laguna Beach and Community Expo will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. on the upper level of the Glenneyre parking structure. Guests can sample food from local eateries such as Splashes Restaurant, Katsuya, Tommy Bahama, Asada and more. The event will likely sell out. For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at (949) 494-1018 or visit http://www.lagunabeachchamber.org.
The eighth Aliso Viejo Green City Initiative workshop focusing on increasing energy efficiency, and reducing energy and water consumption waste stream flow is at 7 p.m. at Aliso Viejo City Hall, 12 Journey. For more information, contact Director of Planning Services Albert Armijo at (949) 425-2527. Information about the initiative is also available at http://www.cityofalisoviejo.com.
Leslie Daff, an estate planning attorney, will talk about estate planning techniques at 1:30 p.m. at the Susi Q Senior Center, 380 Third St. For more information, email Ldaff@estateplaninc.com.
Grammy Award winner and jazz musician Billy Childs performs with the Calder String Quartet at 8 p.m. at the Artists' Theatre, 625 Park Ave. Tickets are $35 or $25 for adults and $15 for students. Purchase tickets at http://www.lagunabeachlive.org or at (800) 595-4849.
Guitarist Eric Henderson performs at 7:30 p.m. in Bridge Hall at Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann's Drive. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door or from Sound Spectrum, 1264 S. Coast Hwy. Proceeds will go to HABLA, a reading program for underprivileged children.
Wig Out Benefit
Studio DC Salon plays host to the inaugural Wig Out Benefit at 6:30 p.m. at the salon, 380 Ocean Ave. Tickets are $30 minimum donation with proceeds going to Potter's Field Ministry and Mothers Without Borders. Guests should wear a crazy wig or hat. For more information, visit http://www.twocause.org.
End of the World
With predictions of the rapture Oct. 21, Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach, will feature Nate Feldmeth of Fuller Theological Seminary, to put such end times in biblical and historical perspective, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The public is welcome and child care is provided. For more information, call (949) 494-7555.
The First Sundays series opens with Lauren Smith (vocals) and Chris Woods (violin) from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Laguna College of Art & Design. The show is free.
Oct. 5 to Nov. 9
Fundamental 15 Classes
Private chef Maryann Minck and dietitian Melanie Silverman host the Fundamental 15 program at 7:30 p.m. for five Wednesdays starting Oct. 5 at the Boys & Girls Club, 1085 Laguna Canyon Road. Learn how to lose weight and change your relationship with food. For more, email email@example.com.